Daniel’s letters: 24 June 1813 – arrival in Hounslow, advice from father



1st – R 27th 40 minits pass 10 at night

Hounslow June 24th at 10 oclock

Dear Father Mother and Brother

This is to let you know I have my Jorney so well as I wish and have a fair wether in all my Jorney,

Dear Mother dont you trouble your mind about me I am well and hearty and I hope you the same, tell when William my Brother come home on thursday he come before night or not tell me in the letter, dont you wright a letter to me before I write you

Please to excuse my hand this time so no more from your most hummble son and servant

Daniel Williams

you have acount of my Jorney in the next tell to my Frinds I well and hearty

Daniel’s Arrival Letter came to Hand the 27th of June 40 minits pass 10 o clock at Night by Will Parkupus 1813. John William

[John Williams, Daniel’s father writes]

Answer to this 24th & the 27th of June 1813 the 1st & the 2nd Letters after his Departure which was on the 22nd of June and Arrived at Hounslow about 10 o clock Thursday Morning the 24th and saw’s unkle,  After Noon, July the 5th 1813.

Yours,  Dated 24th of June at Hounslow after your Arrival comes to hand the 27th and we then was Tranquil in our mind for you,  but your hand wrighting prooves that you are not in your usual Temper when you write them both

But as for your query in that concerning your Brother Will’m He was at home at Sun Set he and the Horses was well when he return from Carmarthen when he sent you there on Thursday 22nd of June,  I and your Mother was in our usual mode, Yours Dated 27th came to hand the 3rd of July in which we hear of your Reception with your unkle and your aunt Take you Care to follow their Advice in all things, take care to avoid bad companies be all ways sober keep your time be meek and humble and do unto all men as you would they should do unto you, and be serviceable to your Relations if something Calls, Remember to look in your Books and in your mensuration Copy and a Religious Books, ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you:

In the next letter tell was any Enquiry of your Education Transacted and  what  Branch in Carpentery Do you follow and what salary at P r  Day or week what is the Market  prise  of Corn Beef Chees & Butter and  what  do  you  pay the week for your Victuals, and where you put yourself up  in hounslow when you arrive there  or go to your uncle s house straitway or how Did you found him, They are at Glanpoolafon Cardigan Penrallthowel Passes thier usual health

The Bull of Wm Davies Treleddin gore his servant 28th of June and there is very little hope life in him Williams the shop keeper Opposite the Angel inn Cardigan Died the 1stof Instant 2nd of Instant the Cart of Dad . Phillip’s hendre upside on is servant and killed him Morgans Priest of Cardigan Bridel and Eglwysirow Died the 2nd of Instant it will be a woe  to  the Horses many of them was Drive hard before he was Dead, Candidats for Bridel are the young Bridestock of Blaenpant Mr Owens Cilvowyr Mr  Jones Killgeran, G. Griffiths Kilgeran Mr  Jones St Dogmeals Mr  Harries Pantudery Mr Thomas Nantgwyn and William Thomas for is son Griffith

John William

N.B. This Letter Posted 5th of July 1813 for Hounslow


Daniel’s letters: 7 November 1813 – Bonaparte is defeated





Recive November 12th 7th Letter of Hounslow

[Owen Williams, Daniel’s uncle, writes]

Novembr 7 1813

my Good Brother hoping these Lines will find you & your Family in good heath as it Leves one at present  Daniel goes on Very well and I think more reconsile to Inglish Neibors than he was at first

I am hapy to Inform you that Boneparte is Defeted in 3 Days sucsesive Fiting with the Empror of Russia prusia & austra he Lost about one Hundred & fifty Thousand in killed wouned and taken prisnor four hundred wagon of powder and amunision the king & quen of Saxony are taken prisnor and about 25000 Saxons have Desarted in the heat of Battle

the Duck of york pass though this Town Last Night on his way to Windsor and he tould the innkeeper where he chang horses that Boneparte is taken prisonor in comon souldir close by a rigment of russan Casacks Remember me to my Brothe Thomas & his famely and exept of this to your self & I remain your Brother Owen Williams

Posted an Answer to this the 14th of No’br  1813 to Houndslow

Dear Father and Mother

Your letter Dated 4th of October I recived on the 8th of the same and glad to hear of your Health I have nothing worthy of notice to advise you of. but this we are all in a good health and in great expectation of the same comfortable Account in your Answer to this.

Astonish thing happen here on October the 4th a man came by the powder mills and stole about six pounds of powder in little bag under his great coat and went to a publick house in Hounslow and drink some beer and was a man smoke a pipe close by him and the powder catch the fire and blow the room window and the frame clean out to the middle of the street and every window  was on the  House was broak and every glass and china broak all in to pices and the front wall was broak very bad and they oblige to build a new wall there.

A story about spirit a Gentleman farmers house was alarmed every night between twelve and one o’clock the chamber doors were thrown open the bed cloths pulled off the beds and the kitchen furniture thrown with violence about the kitchen to the great terror of the family insomuch that the servants gave their Master and Mistress warning to leave their places and some of them actually quitted their service this dreadful affair had lasted about six weeks when a young Gentleman who was there on a visit being in bed one night at the usual hour he heard his chamber door thrown open and a very odd noise about his room, he was at first frightened but the noise continuing a long time he became calm and laid still resolving in his mind what he had best do when on a sudden he heard the spirit cry under his bed which was immediately lifted up & this convinced him that there was some substance in the spirit on which he leaped out of bed secured the door and with his oaken staff belaboured the ghost under the bed as hard as he could untill he heard a female voice imploring mercy. on that he opened the chamber door and called aloud for a light the family all got up as fast as possible and came to his room he then informed them that he had got the spirit under the bed on hearing which most [….] were terribly frightened and would have run off [….] than they came but he assured them they had no[thing] to fear then out he dragged the half murdered [spirit]  from its scene of action. but how great was their surprise and shame when they discovred that this tormenting devil was no other than one of their servant girls about sixteen years of age who had been confined  to her bed  sevral months by illness. So no more at present

D l . Williams

I recived the letter you write in Will’s name I not know did  you recive the letter I Derect to him and I hope you not belive the d’m storis you hear in the harvest about me did you look on me such fool and gone be marry no, no, I know better I am sure I am old a enough about that you may depend Dio velinarayon I surpris of him d’n fool I cant give any other name to him

January hath 31 days

February – 28

March – 31

April – 30

May – 31

June – 30

July – 31

August – 31

September – 30

October – 31

November – 30

December – 31  __


Daniel’s letters: 17 October 1813 – powder mills, life in Hounslow




R 22nd


Hounslow October 17 1813

Dear Father Mother and Brother

This letter I send to you and hope to find you all in good health as I am at present And to advise you little of this place my Uncle is follow Millwrighting and my Aunt is Bonet maker and very strict England Church

And my Uncle is work at this mills now he been away from here ones with Mr  Fish and mean to built a mills at blackpool and when Mr Fish  Dead  he been some timeout of employ and he came back here again I belve he lost part of his regard when he went away from here he got a very large Garden at the Mills before and when he came back he lost the garden he work here at first for Mr Hill and he keep him like a Slave work in this work and promise him when he Dead left him one half of his Property and he sold the mills to Mr Butts before he Dead and he keep them now and when he Dead he left him £20 instead the one half of his Property he worth £3000000 when he Dead and left them all to Mr Fish

But whatever he live very well and keep nice Little House 2 rooms on the floor and two rooms  upstars and two garden one before the House and the other in the back and Paid £14  of rent

dont you Mention a word in your letters about this because they like to see your letters and to see the letters I send to you and I Derect this to Will and then he not want to see it and if you got any Secret say to me you write a letter and give to some body else to Derect it because they know your Hand writeing and then I say he is a letter from my Brother

my Uncle think of me as I was leyer because you told me to tell the truth and think I was unsobor there and not keep my for you told me to be Sobor here dont you say that no more I cant be nothing better for you told me

I board myself now I been 9 weeks upon their board and said 14s 0d per week for board and 2s 0d week for lodgings and pay in the yard where I work 2d for bason of Tea for breakfast and 3d for beer to Deaner the mills is almost 2 Mils from Hounslow I have no more to inform you Remember me to Griffth John and all my frinds

So no more at present from your most Dutiful Son and Servant

Dl . Williams

Daniel’s letters: 1 May 1814 – French prisoners in Hounslow, ‘French Tyrant’ transported to Elba



R. 5th of May

May the 1st 1814

Dear Father and Mother

Your letter March the 28 I received 1st of April and glad to hear of your good health and in hope you enjoy the same at present

I have no news worth notice but very glad to hear Bounaparte is done over and hope all the prisoners will come home now is great number of French prisoners pass through this town.

I have been in London 3rd of April and see D. Davies he was well hearty and he told me Mr Hassel was dead

We are in tolerable good health but Uncle sometimes roubled by the rumitis

Let me know where is young David Jenkins is he in the excise yet I hope he is. remember me to him and to all my friends I hope you will send me a letter so soon as you can and every news I wish to heard wish

I am your humble son and servant

Dl. Williams

I not wish you to keep my letters the same as you use to do I wish you to burn them all –

[Owen Williams, Daniel’s uncle, writes]

Dear relatives I am hapy to Inform you that the French Tirant is Transported to the Isle of Elba on the Coast of Tuscany excorted by a rusian prusian english & swedis generals and 150 Ligt horse this Day Lewis 18th makes his Entry into Parris he crossed the chanel Last Monday he hath been in this Neiborhood this 22 years the Prince regent and most of the royal famely went with him as fare as Dover

I am With respect your

Brother Owen Williams

[John Williams, Daniels’ father, writes]

Answer to this May the 5th 1814

This morning I Recived your Letter Dated the 1st of Instant and am glad to hear of you all, We are here in a moderate state of health and we hope these lines have you and my Brother & sister Enjoy the same Blessing, David Jenkins is in Moelgrove a Schoolmaster

When Dio Blanecum of Kilgeran Dig s garden he had my Brother Thomas Poketbook under ground more than half roten and not one Bankbill but some other papers,

The weather is here very wet and cold cloudy and Rainy this Neibour hood  is not done set their corn yet no more at present

John William